Outstanding young American instrumentalists form NYO2, a free orchestra program that comes together alongside the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) and NYO Jazz each summer for intensive training and performance opportunities. NYO2 has a particular focus on recruiting musicians from communities underrepresented in classical music. Participating musicians have the opportunity to work closely with top players from American orchestras and conservatories during a residency at Purchase College, State University of New York.
Available for Young Musicians: Nationally
Season: Summer Program
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Each year, NYO2 invites young musicians ages 14–17 to audition for its summer season. Applications for summer 2022 will be available starting September 9, 2021.
Guest Artists & FacultyNYO2 musicians are led by a stellar faculty of players from America’s top orchestras and perform with world-class guest artists.
NYO-UExplore NYO-U, a video series on musical topics that is written by teenage members and alumni of the national youth ensembles.
The extraordinary young musicians of Carnegie Hall’s national youth ensembles—the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), NYO2, and NYO Jazz—represent the future of the country’s orchestral and jazz traditions. After being unable to gather in the summer of 2020, these three ensembles convene this July at Purchase College outside New York City. Their three weeks of training and music making culminate in this streamed event. Tune in for a celebration of community and music’s bright future as you get to know the remarkable performers that make up these ensembles.
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National Youth Orchestra of the United States of AmericaNYO-USA brings together extraordinary instrumentalists ages 16–19 for intensive training with outstanding faculty and guest artists.
Lead Donors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, and Beatrice Santo Domingo.
Global Ambassadors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, and Maggie and Richard Tsai.
Leadership support for NYO2 is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Major support for NYO2 is provided by Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, and Joyce and George Wein Foundation, Inc.
Founder Patron: Beatrice Santo Domingo.
With additional funding provided by Ardian US Foundation, Sarah Arison, Ernst & Young LLP, and The Morton H. Meyerson Family Foundation.
Public support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.